Please note that the results of every procedure will vary from patient to patient. Norwood Day Surgery can neither predict nor guarantee success, please book a consultation to find out if this procedure is right for you.
Patients usually choose pigmentation removal of benign skin defects for aesthetic reasons.
The ideal treatment must therefore be effective and at the same time not cause any permanent dyschromic effects. Bearing this in mind, the use of the very latest laser or pulsed light systems is the ideal method for the removal of numerous pigmented lesions. Norwood Day Surgery uses a Duolite Deka laser that can selectively target and destroy the melanin contained in pigmented spots or areas.
What can laser pigmentation removal achieve?
There are different classifications of pigmented lesions. These include epidermal, dermal and mixed depending on the location of the pigment in the skin. The superficial epidermal lesions which include freckles, milk-coffee stains, several types of nevi and sun spots or liver spots, are the easiest to remove without any scarring. They can be effectively treated using the Duolite laser system.
Pulsed light has proved to be an extremely effective and versatile instrument for pigment rejuvenation, carried out in total safety. It is particularly suitable for treating sun spots and superficial age spots, especially where the skin is thin and delicate such as on the hands or throat. Excellent results can be achieved in just a few patient-friendly sessions. Cream containing a strong local anaesthetic specifically formulated for our laser patients can be used to make this treatment more comfortable if necessary.
How does pigmentation removal work?
The laser light is attracted to the melanin content of hyper-pigmentation. Depending on the position of the pigment in the skin, different wavelengths are used with varying penetration capacities. The Q-switched laser systems release high energy at very short intervals (in the range of nanoseconds) which means the cells containing melanin are selectively destroyed thanks to both a thermal and photomechanical effect. The breakdown of the melanosomes is always accompanied by the death of the cells that contain them, therefore this pigment should not return.
Following the pigmentation removal treatment lesions will appear quite dark initially until the body breaks down the treated pigmented cells over a two week period. We advise if camouflage is needed to use make-up from day two onwards.
How long does pigmentation treatment and recovery take?
An initial consultation is required with Dr Marzola to determine your pigmentation pathology before a treatment program can be prepared. Treatment then can be carried out by our registered nurse Helen Marzola at a time convenient to you. Treatments times are no more than 30 minutes and patients typically have little discomfort during this time although an anaesthetic cream may be applied if required. A two week follow up review will also be required post treatment, as this is when the effects of the procedure should be complete.